Immunity has become the most desirable ever since Covid-19 hit the world. With the new variant Omicron spreading like a wildfire, better immunity remains a top priority. Whether one is vaccinated or not, anti-vax or not, charging our immunity is the best bet to fight the dreaded virus and seasonal infections caused by the changing season.
Ayurvedic herbs can help boost natural immunity besides delivering a host of other health benefits. Many Ayurvedic herbs are readily available in an easy to consume form and are an integral part of Indian households.
It’s time to turn to our roots and include these beneficial herbs in our daily diet.
After all, you are what you eat!
Amla is an excellent source of vitamin C that can help boost immunity and protect against seasonal infections. Its beneficial nutrients can support healthy digestion and liver health. There are many easy ways to include this powerful berry in your meals - add amla powder to your raitas, veggies, or curries and enjoy the refreshing tangy flavour. You can also opt for amla murabba or a healthy pickle to relish with your meals daily.
Turns out, daadi’s nuska of drinking haldi doodh holds a lot of merits. Turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties make it an excellent immunity booster. Turmeric’s active compound curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that helps in promoting stronger immunity and fighting infections. This golden spice can be taken in lukewarm water with organic honey for improved immunity. You can also go in for Golden Turmeric Latte or whip up a turmeric smoothie bowl.
#3 GINGER (ADRAK)
Ginger’s culinary and medicinal uses find an extensive mention in Ayurvedic texts. A staple herb, ginger is a potent antiviral and an immune stimulant. The pungent root’s antimicrobial properties can help fight upper respiratory infections by thinning the mucus for the resolution of cold and flu.
You can add organic ginger powder to your beverages like teas or soups. You can also take a teaspoon of ginger powder with organic honey to reap its health benefits.
Check out some easy recipe ideas Foxtail Millet Porridge, and Herbed Pumpkin Soup
#4 ASHWAGANDHA (INDIAN GINSENG)
This miracle herb offers immense health benefits ranging from strengthening immunity and alleviating stress, insomnia to improving skin and hair health. One of the easiest ways to consume it is to mix Ashwagandha powder with organic honey or ghee. If you fancy something sweet, try Ashwagandha Truffle Energy Balls or Ashwagandha Chocolate Brownies
Also, check out Ashwagandha Churna Laddoo and Ashwagandha Pink Moon Milk.
Scientifically referred to as Tinospora Cordifolia, Giloy or Guduchi is often called amrita - the “root of immortality” - for its unlimited health benefits. Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antioxidant, anti-toxic, this Ayurvedic herb can naturally nourish the body and improve immunity. You can get your daily dose of this wonder herb by adding it to your morning brew or by preparing an immunity-boosting kadha.
Strengthen your innate immune system by using time-tested Ayurvedic herbs and traditional formulations. Stay fighting fit for the days to come by incorporating these daily immunity essentials into your lifestyle.